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Hundreds of schools close, flights delayed amid Midwest snow

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Meredith Davis scrapes off her car as snow and freezing rain arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of schools are closed across the Midwest and Detroit's main airport is seeing hours-long delays as a major snowstorm crawls across the region.

The National Weather Service issued weather advisories and warnings across several northern U.S. states on Wednesday, from the Dakotas to Michigan and much of the Northeast.

Travelers were stranded when Detroit Metropolitan Airport closed Tuesday evening amid icy conditions. The airport reopened midmorning Wednesday, but flights are expected to be delayed an average of five hours.

In Indiana, 51 passengers had to get off a plane after it slid on ice and stopped in a snowbank at Fort Wayne International Airport. No one was injured.

Forecasters say up to 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) of snow fell in parts of Wisconsin , where dozens of schools are closed. Hundreds more schools and several universities canceled classes in Michigan, Kansas and Missouri.

A person walks in the blowing snow in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Snow and freezing rain has prompted officials to close the largest school districts in Nebraska and Iowa ahead of a winter storm that's threatening the Midwest with several inches of snow. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Motorists wait for Interstate 70 to open after it was closed near Manhattan, Kan., due to icy conditions as a winter storm moved through the area Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Leslie Mitchell, left, and Sue Johnson jog along Middle Road in the snow in Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. More wind-whipped snow is expected to hamper travel in eastern Iowa as Iowa and Nebraska residents dig out from a midwinter storm. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Ice blankets a windshield in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Western Michigan University main campus is closed due to weather in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Western Michigan University main campus is closed due to weather in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Western Michigan University main campus is closed due to weather in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Motorists wait for Interstate 70 to open after it was closed near Manhattan, Kan., due to icy conditions as a winter storm moved through the area Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Motorists wait for Interstate 70 to open after it was closed near Manhattan, Kan., due to icy conditions as a winter storm moved through the area Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Leslie Mitchell, left, and Sue Johnson jog along Middle Road in the snow in Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. More wind-whipped snow is expected to hamper travel in eastern Iowa as Iowa and Nebraska residents dig out from a midwinter storm. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Leslie Mitchell, left, and Sue Johnson jog along Middle Road in the snow in Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. More wind-whipped snow is expected to hamper travel in eastern Iowa as Iowa and Nebraska residents dig out from a midwinter storm. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Ice blankets a windshield in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Ice blankets a windshield in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Icy roadways has led to crashes and prompted some school districts to close for the day Wednesday. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
A person walks in the blowing snow in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Snow and freezing rain has prompted officials to close the largest school districts in Nebraska and Iowa ahead of a winter storm that's threatening the Midwest with several inches of snow. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A person walks in the blowing snow in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Snow and freezing rain has prompted officials to close the largest school districts in Nebraska and Iowa ahead of a winter storm that's threatening the Midwest with several inches of snow. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Meredith Davis scrapes off her car as snow and freezing rain arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Meredith Davis scrapes off her car as snow and freezing rain arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)